Current occupational therapy scope of practice in the work-to-retirement transition process: an Australian study

Eagers, Jackie, Franklin, Richard C., Broome, Kieran, Yau, Matthew K., and Barnett, Fiona (2021) Current occupational therapy scope of practice in the work-to-retirement transition process: an Australian study. Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy. (In Press)

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Abstract

Aim: The aims were to explore: (1) occupational therapists' experiences and perceptions in working with people transitioning to retirement; (2) current scope of practice of occupational therapy in the work-to-retirement transition; and (3) factors influencing current scope of practice of occupational therapy in the work-to-retirement transition.

Methods: Qualitative semi-structured interviews with Australian occupational therapists were thematically analysed.

Results: Fourteen Australian occupational therapists were interviewed. Three overarching themes (12 sub themes) emerged: (1) occupational therapists' application of a contemporary occupational paradigm; (2) current approaches adopted by occupational therapists are add on, stylistic and talk based; and (3) contextual challenges and opportunities encountered by occupational therapists.

Conclusion/significance: Occupational therapists use enablement skills (e.g. coach; collaborate) and consider various professional reasons (e.g. engagement in meaningful occupation; health responsibility) when addressing the transition from work to retirement. Overcoming barriers to service provision (e.g. funding; lack of role clarity) will facilitate a more comprehensive service provision to enable health and well-being of older adults.

Item ID: 64934
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1651-2014
Copyright Information: (C) 2020 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
Date Deposited: 11 Nov 2020 03:07
FoR Codes: 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4203 Health services and systems > 420301 Aged health care @ 25%
42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4299 Other health sciences > 429999 Other health sciences not elsewhere classified @ 50%
42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4206 Public health > 420603 Health promotion @ 25%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920201 Allied Health Therapies (excl. Mental Health Services) @ 50%
92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920502 Health Related to Ageing @ 50%
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